Dragons vs Leinster
The Dragons welcome Leinster to Rhodney Parade for this match in the URC. The home team will be looking for a much-improved performance after they were thrashed 45-14 in their last match by Munster. The visitors have looked back to their best with two convincing wins after their opening round loss to Glasgow. The Dragons will be desperate for a win at home as they have gone over a year without victory in front of their loyal fans. Leinster will be delighted with the form shown by their young players especially when they have been put under pressure, they have responded excellently.
TIP: Leinster welcomes back Dan Sheehan into the team as he returns as Captain for this match. Ross Byrne start in the flyhalf position and will be looking to link up the exciting backline at his disposal. The Dragons have their Welsh international, Aaron Wainwright back and he forms a potent loose trio that includes Taine Basham and Dan Lydiate. They will need to have a storming game if they are to run Leinster close. The bookies have the Scarlets as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.06, Gbets 1.06 and Hollywoodbets 1.06
Dragons’ vs Leinster
- Leinster have won the last 12 matches between the sides.
- The last time the Dragons won this fixture was in 2016.
Latest results for both teams
The Dragons lost 45-14 to Munster in their last match while Leinster beat Edinburgh 36-27 in their last match.
The Dragons have looked defensively sound in their home games but fell off numerous tackles in the defeat to Munster. They will need a vast improvement against a Leinster side that is clinical in attack. The visitors have been excellent going forward but have conceded an unusually high number of points in their matches to date. The home side must be prepared to keep the ball in hand and apply pressure to their opponents who have a number of inexperienced young players. Ross Byrne will be key for Leinster, if he has a good game then they will canter to victory. I am predicting an away win by 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Cai Evans, 14 Rio Dyer, 13 Steff Hughes (c), 12 Aneurin Owen, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Will Reed, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 George Nott, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Rhodri Jones
15 Ciarán Frawley, 14 Tommy O’Brien, 13 Jamie Osborne, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Jimmy O’Brien, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Ben Murphy, 8 James Culhane, 7 Will Connors, 6 Ryan Baird, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Joe McCarthy, 3 Thomas Clarkson, 2 Dan Sheehan (c), 1 Jack Boyle
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Leinster victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Dragons handicap:
The complete odds on the Dragons handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+16.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+16.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+16.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Leinster outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: The complete odds on the Dragons handicap: Betway 1.90 (+16.5), Gbets 1.87 (+16.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+16.5)
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